A Fistful of Fate

PERSONAL SUMMARY:

Even death cannot steal away the love shared between two souls.

SUMMARY: (blurb taken from the publisher website)

Would you die for love...twice?

William Montgomery, a blacksmith wrongly sentenced to death in 1806 for the murder of the woman he loved, cannot rest. His ghost is bound to Clayton Creek. For over two hundred years he’s been waiting for the soul of his true love to find him and set his soul free.

Rebecca Prescott is tormented by the recurring nightmare of her ancestor’s murder. Drawn to a two-week colonial reenactment at the scene of the ancient crime, she doesn’t count on one charming blacksmith or past life memories of an undying love to shatter her reality.

As Rebecca searches for answers from the past, William needs to win her love and earn her forgiveness to undo the witch’s curse that bound him to Clayton Creek. Can Rebecca’s soul finally reunite with her destined love or will she repeat the past and die once again for the man she loves?

FIRST LINE:

William Montgomery stood in the shadowed doorway and watched the woman he'd waited two hundred years for kiss another man.

PLOT:

From the very first line you can tell that the author planned out her novel. You can see her love of research evident in every plot thread. This story paints a creative picture of the past and the present coming together to deliver justice to all involved. I am not a huge fan of time travel or of stories that span a huge amount of time with the same characters as the protagonists. With that said, I'll have to make an exception for A Fistful of Fate. The overall plot was delivered in a way that allowed me to enjoy the historical touches and the romance that threaded the plot together. There were two plot threads I did not grasp and had a rough time understanding. I can't say that it interrupted the story on a whole, but it did cause me to pause and reread certain sections. By the end I still couldn't determine what use those plot threads had, however the main plot threads were tied up, bringing the story to a satisfactory end.

SETTING:

A Fistful of Fate takes spans between the reenactment town of the Historic Clayton Creek Village of New York and the actual town of Clayton Creek Village in 1806.

WRITING:

Ms. Dennis's writing style is very eloquent and at times poignant. She adds a detail to her writing that shows a studious mind behind the writing. At times there is a tad bit too much detail, but to create such a story based on the power of a handful of pearls shows an imagination that overflows with creativity.

CHARACTERS:

When writing a review, discussing the characters is my favorite part. The characters are what connect me to the book I am reading, bringing the story to life before my eyes. The story starts out with William Montgomery, the wronged black smith, given life once again by a witch looking to save her son. His first glimpse of the woman he loves is of her kissing another man, but not any man. The man that caused the pain he has bared for the past two centuries. I could just imagine the anguish that he must have been feeling to observe without being able to reach out and right away claim the woman that has held his heart for so long. Waiting two hundred years to tell a woman you love her is a torture of its own. When you add to that pain the fact that you don't know if it was your bullet that killed her, can torment a soul for an eternity. Throughout the story you feel the emotions that tear at him. His resolve to save his soul and that of

Rebecca's definitely pulled at the heart strings. Rebecca Beauregard, the descendant of the woman that was wrongly killed, is a very strong willed and independent woman. At times she comes across as insensitive and harsh, and at other times just as vulnerable and in need of understanding as we all are. She is plagued by dreams from her ancestor leading her towards the village where she was murdered, a soul looking for someone to help put her at peace and to save the man she truly loves. When the author briefly melded together both the Rebecca of the past and the Rebecca of the future it made me stop and wonder what it would be like to mentally connect with one of my own ancestors.

This all leads us to Reginald Merriweather and his sinful deeds. He portrays a man willing to compromise in order to keep the one woman that he wants at his side and I found myself several times wanting to reach through the page and slap the man for his lying manipulative ways. It makes you hope everyone gets theirs in the end, but I won't spoil that for you!

LAST THOUGHTS:

A Fistful of Fate touched my heart. Ms. Dennis has written a romance that opens the imagination to the possibility of love lasting even beyond death. If you enjoy stories of love spanning across time and two hearts given a second chance at finding one another, then you will enjoy A Fistful of Fate.


Book Blurb for A Fistful of Fate

Would you die for love...twice?

William Montgomery, a blacksmith wrongly sentenced to death in 1806 for the murder of the woman he loved, cannot rest. His ghost is bound to Clayton Creek. For over two hundred years he’s been waiting for the soul of his true love to find him and set his soul free.

Rebecca Prescott is tormented by the recurring nightmare of her ancestor’s murder. Drawn to a two-week colonial reenactment at the scene of the ancient crime, she doesn’t count on one charming blacksmith or past life memories of an undying love to shatter her reality.

As Rebecca searches for answers from the past, William needs to win her love and earn her forgiveness to undo the witch’s curse that bound him to Clayton Creek. Can Rebecca’s soul finally reunite with her destined love or will she repeat the past and die once again for the man she loves?

Content Warning: Erotic


Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2010 4.00